Keep that anger under control

Exodus Bible Background

02.03.2019 – Old Testament: Exo 32.19–20

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 31–33 on February 3, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

Moses did not realize just how sinful the children of Israel had become while he was up in the mountain with God, but when Moses arrived in the camp, he saw them worshiping a golden calf, and watch what he did:

So it was, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moses’ anger became hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain. Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder; and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it (Exodus 32.19–20).

Israel had no idea what they had done, and that awful sin would plague them for a thousand years until Babylonian captivity removed it from them permanently. Moses was right to be angry, for this is a vile sin and highly offensive to the one true and living God.


  • Are you able to keep your anger under control?
  • What did you do after you had lost control of your anger?

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